New Delhi: Four-year-old Mahi has been trapped in a borewell in Manesar for the past three days. The last leg of the operation is on. The rescue team led by Army engineers have begun drilling through the rock separating them from the child. But rescue operations have been hindered by high temperatures and dust storm.
The team said that the rock could be broken manually and rescuers had to be careful while using the drill as it might hurt Mahi. Oxygen is being supplied to Mahi through pipes but her condition is not known. Her health remains a serious concern as she has not shown any sign of life so far. A medical team is standing by.
Kapil Ahuja, Ground Radar expert, Reliance Industries, said, "We are about 3 metres away from the child, there is a rock in the way and we are finding out ways to remove the gravel. I don't know about the condition of the child."
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, "The government is doing all that is possible. Vertical wells have been dug. About 2 feet is left horizontally. We pray that the kid is safely taken out. I won't comment on behalf of the government."
Earlier around midnight on Friday, the rescue work was halted briefly after the Army hit a rock while drilling.
A team of Gurgaon Rapid Metro was pressed into service to drill the pit further and they were assisting the army to save the child even as Sonia, the distraught mother of Mahi, was making repeated appeals to the administration and the public to help save her daughter.
The five-year-old fell into the tunnel on Wednesday night.
(With additional information from PTI)